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Old 05-06-2018, 06:20 AM
 
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Uck, a new home smells to me like ripoff and problems. If you are going to get squeezed on a 20K car purchase....imagine the "fun" that can be had when buying a new 300K home. A new home can have cracking concrete for years. That is not biggie, concrete cracks. The problem is, the cracks that signal a defective implementation of the foundation, those babies show-up and you have "real" fun to deal with.
Sometimes it's better to buy an older home or even one that is 20 years old, that way you know it has settled on the foundation and there are no problems that may come up in a few years like Chinese drywall, etc.
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Old 05-06-2018, 08:21 PM
 
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Sometimes it's better to buy an older home or even one that is 20 years old, that way you know it has settled on the foundation and there are no problems that may come up in a few years like Chinese drywall, etc.
Is Chinese drywall still being used in new construction?
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Old 05-06-2018, 08:53 PM
 
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Is Chinese drywall still being used in new construction?
No but I just mentioned it because whatever the next problem may be may not be found a few years after you buy a new house, where older homes won't have this new problem.
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Old 05-06-2018, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Older homes can still have older problems, like asbestos and lead paint. Just because a house is older doesn't make it trouble free.

Like everything, there are pros and cons to buying new. Lots of people think the pros outweigh the cons. If you are not one of those people, then don't buy new construction. But there's no objectively correct answer here.
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Old 05-06-2018, 09:01 PM
 
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Older homes can still have older problems, like asbestos and lead paint. Just because a house is older doesn't make it trouble free.

Like everything, there are pros and cons to buying new. Lots of people think the pros outweigh the cons. If you are not one of those people, then don't buy new construction. But there's no objectively correct answer here.
I would love a new home one day and I would take a risk, but if a home is less than 20 years old it should not have lead or asbestos. Even older than that you shouldn't find those problems, but i'm just taking that number for instance if you want a home that is not too old nor brand new.
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Old 05-06-2018, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Upgrade the major things like flooring, cabinets, doors, windows, toilets, counter tops, wiring, etc. Go cheap on the easy to replace things like door knobs, towel racks, light fixtures, etc. As an example, I had each room wired for a fan and a switch on the wall controlling it but I installed the fans.
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